We all ideally, should be in shape. Or at least TRY to be. In this post I’ll be talking about where you can get your exercise clothes, some equipment, & gym memberships.
In an earlier post, I talked about how overweight Americans are, and how we should all try to aim to be in shape. I think there’s this misconception that you must spend a lot of money to be in shape. (There ARE a lot of expensive gym memberships out there) I’m here to debunk this myth!! You can do this on a budget!! My exercise regimen is usually pilates (which I watch on youtube) & Zumba (I bought the dvds). In the same post, I mentioned I found a gym not far from my house that offers Zumba classes $10 each!!
If you want to start getting in shape & getting the proper clothes, the first thing you must take into consideration: will I be exercising outdoors, or indoors? This will determine what kind of clothes you should be buying.
Clothes: You can get all kinds of exercise clothes at Target, Modell’s, and the Foot Locker. (The Foot locker would be the more expensive one, but still has good deals) I think the best exercise clothes for women tend to be yoga wear. It’s generally meant for women & the most comfortable. If you don’t have any of the following: get some tanks, t shirts, & sweat pants/leggings/shorts (whichever is more comfortable) and some sports bras. You may think, ‘Oh I’ll just wear my regular bra’, but you can’t. The wires will suffocate you while you exercise & you will soak the pads with sweat. And get yourself a pair of comfortable, exercise sneakers. (Sorry, Converse is not one of them) This is where you have to spend a LITTLE bit of money. Sorry, $10 sneakers are not going to cut it. Nikes are always good; I get my sneakers usually at Easy Spirit (check for coupons & sales). For a good pair of sneakers usually you need to spend around $60. (Try & find a sale!) You need the proper support on your feet when you exercise. Unless you’re doing yoga.
Above: Wrap around weights, $8
Above: Basic weights, usually $5-10 a pair
Basic exercise equipment: Weights, yoga mats, you can get at Target or TJMaxx, and they’re as cheap as $5!! No one said you need a weight room in your house. They also have wrap around weights (see above), which you can strap on your ankles/wrists, to challenge you while you do your cardio. Yoga mats start at about $8. If you would love to have a pilates ball they have those too for about $12. You see? You don’t need an exercise room, nor expensive gym equipment to get in shape.
Above: Exercise equipment at TJMaxx
If you want to join a gym but are on a budget: You must do what every savvy saver must do: research. Lucille Roberts always has an affordable membership ($16-18 a month), and Planet Fitness ($10-$20 a month), and Bally’s fitness (memberships usually start at $30 a month & go up) usually offers reasonable prices. If you really don’t know if a gym is right for you, quite often they offer a free week long pass for you to try the gym out. For me, if I join a gym, they must have classes of some kind. Gyms are starting to offer more variety in classes nowadays, from yoga to belly dancing! Not just aerobics! Quite often they have a class schedule on their website. It doesn’t hurt to check it out.
If you do want to join a more expensive gym: check out Groupon.com & Livingsocial.com for deals they offer. Sometimes they offer giant discounts on the more expensive gyms. Both websites you must sign up for their membership (don’t worry, it’s free), and it’s up to you to find that good deal.
If you like outdoor activities: It depends on the activities that you want to do. If you love to swim, find out about the local pool near you. (Whether it be outdoor/indoor). If you love the outdoors, jogging, bicycling, then go for it! Take into consideration what activity you want to take up, and how you should dress for it. Are you jogging in the winter? Or summer? And if you want to be actively swimming you should get at least 2 bathing suits. After you use one, wash it, let it dry off, and then you can use the other one. Nobody likes swimming in yesterday’s soggy swimsuit.
If you want to work out at home: There’s nothing stopping you! (Unless you don’t have enough space) There are countless videos on youtube for fitness, and lots of dvds on Amazon for you to try! For me this is nice, because I can exercise in the comfort of my own home, whenever I want.
If you really want more expensive exercise equipment: Consider buying them used. My husband just bought a treadmill a few months ago for only $100!!! He got it off craigslist.org. If you want a bicycle, consider craigstlist (Or check freecycle.org). In our area, there are lots of garage sales, & quite often there’s a bicycle there.
If you are really stressed out: and have never done it before: Yoga or Tai Chi. I haven’t done much Tai Chi but Yoga is really, really relaxing. It forces you to relax. My parents used to live in San Diego (where the weather is pretty much nice all year round) & my mom told me that people do Tai Chi in a park nearby their house. How relaxing does that sound?? I live in NYC and usually yoga classes at the gym are PACKED. (NYC is like yoga central) If you don’t want to take a class, you can always watch videos on youtube, & there are lots of great dvds on Amazon you can get for yoga. It’s better than taking medicine, drinking alcohol, smoking, or whatever else people do when they’re under pressure. Check below for links to yoga dvds.
What might help you exercise more: an exercise buddy. Whether it’s a friend/family member/classmate/coworker, it doesn’t matter. You have someone else to motivate you. You don’t NEED one, but it’s always more fun to work out with other people. If you have a husband/boyfriend; encourage each other to work out! And why not? It could be another activity that brings you two together.
And if you really don’t like to exercise: like, me try dancing. Check out those classes that included in gym memberships! Nowadays we have dances from all over the world for you to try! And it’s not only Latin dances, there is bollywood dancing, belly dancing, aerobics, etc. And it doesn’t have to be a gym membership. You could take dance classes. Find a gym that offers dance classes or a dance studio & find out how much each class is. If one is expensive, try another one. Ask about monthly memberships, etc. (remember I found zumba classes for $10 each)
One thing that being on a budget has forced me to be: more creative. And honestly I’m glad because I see where I do save money. I’ve just given you lots of tips, options, NOW it’s up to you to go out & do it!
Target’s activewear for women: http://www.target.com/c/activewear-women-s-clothing/-/N-5xtcl#?lnk=ct_menu_01_21&intc=1865087|null
Women’s exercise clothes at Modell’s: http://www.modells.com/category/apparel/women%27s.do?nType=2
Women’s exercise clothes at the Foot Locker: http://www.footlocker.com/Womens/Clothing/_-_/N-25Zrk?cm_REF=Clothing
Lucille Roberts: www.lucilleroberts.com
Planet Fitness: www.planetfitness.com
Zumba classes: www.zumba.com
Zumba dvds on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=zumba
yoga dvds for health problems (back, neck, knee pain, etc): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=yoga+problems&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3Ayoga+problems